‘Disappearances’ by UEA alumna KJ (Katherine) Orr has been shortlisted for this year’s BBC National Short Story Award, which is worth £15,000 to the winner. Katherine (pictured) graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2007 and subsequently completed a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Chichester. Her short fiction has been published by the Dublin Review, The White Review, the Sunday Times Magazine, Lighthouse and Comma Press, among others. She was previously shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2011, and has also been shortlisted for The Bridport Prize and the KWS Hilary Mantel International Short Story Competition. In 2012 Daunt Books published a special edition of her story ‘The Inland Sea’, and last year she was included in the anthology Best British Short Stories 2015. Her debut collection, Light Box, was published by Daunt Books earlier this year. Katherine is currently a Teaching Fellow at UEA. The winner of the BBC National Short Story Award will be announced on 4th October.